Pawsitivity is a nonprofit organization on a mission to rescue dogs and train them as service dogs for people with disabilities.

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Rescuing Dogs to Rescue You

Pawsitivity Service Dogs, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in St. Paul, MN, is on a mission to rescue dogs and train them as loving, loyal service dogs


The Problems

One out of 67 U.S. children have autism. U.S. veterans have high rates of PTSD, and rates of mental illness (for both veterans and non-veterans) are increasing. 1 out of 26 people have epilepsy.1

(Note that meanwhile, 1.2 million unwanted dogs are being killed each year.2)


The Implications

People with a disability report feeling a frustrating lack of independence. Loneliness. Stress on family. Lack of exercise (or lack of sleep). Anxiety, depression, or even suicide. Co-morbidity with other conditions. Lost wages (or the high cost of a lifetime of caregivers). Guilt and even anger, both from the patient and from caregivers.


The Benefits a Service Dog Provides

Bailey and his boy in the hospital

Peer-reviewed studies prove that these hero dogs provide3 increases in: 



Feelings of being "in control" of one's life.

Psychological well-being.

Dramatically better social interactions.

Better community integration.

Better school attendance rates.

Better employment rates.

Perhaps most surprising and dramatically, all participants in this particular study showed dramatic decreases in the number of hours of (paid or unpaid) assistance they required.

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A Pawsitivity Service Dog changes lives.

Peer-reviewed studies show4 that trained service dogs changes people for the better. If a person with a disability gets a service dog, they are more likely to be:

More independent (90%).

Have higher self-esteem (80%).

Be more content (80%)

Be more assertive (80%)

These gentle, obedient, loving dogs help in almost every category studied, including helping one's social life in addition to performing the specific assistance tasks for which the dog was trained.5

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Donate to help these dogs go from being unwanted to being heroes.




Pawsitivity Service Dogs receive up to a year of training, which include 900 of hours of positive training. 





Accountability is important to you and to us.

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We've taken the 100% pledge.
An angel donor funds our operating costs so 100% of every dollar you donate will be used solely for the dogs. 

  Proving it
We prove the training with every dog and you can follow their progress on Facebook.

Community Partners
We work with strong local partners to rescue, train, and support the dogs for their entire lives.


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